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Kinsale revs up for 2016 vintage rally

ONE the most exciting and spectacular weekends on the Kinsale events is The Blue Haven Kinsale Vintage Rally, taking place 6th to 9th of May. With over 120 amazing Vintage cars on display in Kinsale over the weekend, it really is a fun filled family weekend worth seeing.

Kinsale documentary series to air on Life fm

A new series of five 45-minute radio documentaries about Kinsale will begin on Thursday, January 14th at 3.10pm and will be repeated on Saturdays at 5.05pm on 93.1 Life fm.The first programme can be heard on podcast.

First Irish-American couple choose Ballinacurra House and Kinsale to Host Ireland’s 1st Humanist Same Sex Wedding

AFTER the initial euphoria and groundbreaking Marriage Equality Referendum in May this year – the rush was on this week as couples exchanged vows after the equality laws became legal. Ireland’s first humanist (non-religious) same sex wedding took place in Kinsale at Ballinacurra House on Saturday, 21st November; the award winning private estate – where Raymond Davidson and Daryl Gunning completed the legalities.

Mayor launches girst “age friendly town plan” for Cork in Kinsale

THE Mayor of County Cork Cllr John Paul O’ Shea recently launched “The Kin sale Age Friendly Town Plan” at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale. The Kinsale Age Friendly Strategy has been up and running since 2014, when Kinsale became the only town in Cork County (and one of eight nationally) to be selected to take part in the Age Friendly Town Strategy for 2014/15.

Two Kinsale restaurants make the Michelin grade

Kinsale restaurant Bastion has been awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2016 just published. Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments that offer good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.

Kinsale RNLI raft race this August Bank Holiday

CELEBRITY chef Martin Shanahan is promising a ‘party on the pier’ in Kinsale this Bank Holiday Saturday 1st August for the Kinsale RNLI Raft Race.  Up to 30 rafts will take part in the race, starting at the Bulman Bar in Summercove at 5pm and finishing at the main slip by Kinsale pier between 5.30pm and 6pm.

Lusitania Museum will be opened at Old Head Restored Signal Tower by Minister Coveney

THE 200 year-old Signal Tower at the Old Head is currently being restored to its former glory and will officially open to the public as a Lusitania Museum on May 7th 2015, on the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The Museum will exhibit artefacts recovered from the wreckage of the ship on the top floor, and its parapet walk way will boast beautiful panoramic views of one

Kinsale launches 2015 calendar of events

KINSALE Chamber of Tourism & Business launched its schedule of headline events for 2015 and new website www.kinsale.ie at a reception at Ballinacurra House sponsored by The Kinsale Gourmet Academy and Private Label Wines. As the start / finish point of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale has a lot to celebrate as it was recently awarded Failte Ireland’s “Best Small Tourism Town 2014” and was shortlisted “Top Irish Foodie Town

Lots of interest in Kinsale Men’s Shed

THE Kinsale Men’s Shed held their information evening last Thursday night at the Temperance Hall in Kinsale. The event was well attended by over 30 men. Committee member of the Kinsale Men’s Shed, Simon Toussifar said, “It was a great night, we weren’t expecting so many to turn up. There was a healthy mix of different aged men from their 20s up to their late 60s and 70s. Many of

Kinsale’s Carlton Hotel put up for sale

KINSALE’S landmark four-star Carlton Hotel has been put on the market with agents Savills with a guide price of €4.25 million. The 70 bedroom hotel boats a scenic location overlooking Oysterhaven Bay just outside Kinsale and includes a 200 capacity ballroom, conference and banqueting facilities, a state-of- the- art leisure centre with a 20 metre swimming pool as well as 19 three-bedroom holiday houses fitted to a high standard.

Liam Doocey to speak at KYSS event

On Wednesday 25th February 2015, at 8pm, in the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale, Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) are hosting one of their monthly awareness talks, and they are delighted to confirm that Liam Doocey will be the keynote speaker on the night. He will be giving a presentation on ‘You Don’t Have to Know it All – Parenting in the Modern Era’.

Damning marine report says Astrid sinking should not have happened

A REPORT by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) into the sinking of the tall ship STV Astrid off Oysterhaven on July 24th 2013 has listed a catalogue of errors by the ship’s owners and operators that contributed to the vessel sinking.   The Astrid was taking part in a flotilla from Oysterhaven to Kinsale as part of “The Gathering” tourism event that year but lost engine power soon after

Kinsale set for town centre makeover

KINSALE town centre is set for major improvements with the news that plans are being finalised for Cork County Council to purchase the car park between Pier Road and Long Quay. It has been a long-term aim for the council to purchase the underdeveloped car park in the heart of the town centre that is currently owned by NAMA, and West Cork Times understands that plans for the purchase are

Frostbite Series continues in Kinsale

Day 2 of the ASM KYC Frostbite Series saw typical frostbite weather, cold, bright, sunny with near perfect sailing conditions. The wind was 10 knots gusting to 12.5 from NNW. Each of the 5 fleets got 3 great races in shifting conditions which made it a great test for all competitors. Each of the fleets had close racing, especially the ever popular Squib Fleet.

Outstanding talk given in Kinsale by Dr Fergus Heffernan

DOCTOR Fergus Heffernan was the guest speaker at a talk on positive mental health in the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale recently. The talk was organised and co-ordinated by the Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS). Dr Heffernan is a leading educator in the area of stress management, and how it connects to our well being. Dr Heffernan has worked in a variety of conflict zones in the world, and he is

Sailing season kicks off in Kinsale

The 2015 Sailing season kicked off recently at Kinsale Yacht Club. The annual ASM Frostbite Series commenced in lighter winds than forecasted.  Race Officer John Stallard succeeded in running 3 races for each fleet. He described conditions as being ideal with an average wind speed of 11 knots in the first race with gusts of 15 knots, the second race averaged 13 knots gusting to 18 knots; however the wind

Kinsale’s Louise O’Keeffe is named Cork Person of the Year

LOUISE O’Keeffe from Kinsale has been named as the Cork Person of the Year to mark her fight for justice for abused children in Ireland, over many decades. Louise was abused by her then-principal in a Cork primary school in the 1970s, when she was just eight-years-old. The government denied liability, forcing Ms O’Keeffe to take her landmark case through the Irish courts and finally ending up at the European

Santa dash in Kinsale

Cork Footballer Orla Finn (centre) with Antoinette Looney, runner Elaine O’Donoghue, Susan Farley and Fergus Wall from Kinsale TriClub pictured at the launch of the Kinsale TriClub 5km Santa Dash on the 14th of December during the turning on of the Christmas lights in Kinsale on Sunday. Proceeds go towards Kinsale Christmas lights and The Friends of Jamie Wall. Pic: John Allen

Kinsale scoops national tourism award

KINSALE has been named the 2014 Fáilte Ireland National Small Tourism Town; Westport in Co. Mayo was the winner in the large town category while Glengarriff was also a finalist. The award, now in its third year, recognises Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists.

West Cork Garda Youth Awards ceremony held in Kinsale

THE Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald was the guest of honour at the West Cork Garda Youth Awards Ceremony, in association with SuperValu, held in Actons Hotel in Kinsale. Minister Fitzgerald paid tribute to the award winners, and declared that she was delighted to be able to attend such a positive event, which celebrated young people in an important positive manner.

Not guilty verdict for Ballygarvan plumber

THE plumber who converted a boiler at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale which then killed a woman by carbon monoxide poisoning has been found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury. Richard Davis (46) from Ballygarvan pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Miriam Reidy who was found dead in her room at the hotel in January 2011. Ms Reidy, from Limerick was attending a hen party in Kinsale and

West Cork young scientists are Cork Persons of the Month

SCIENTIFIC hat-trick winners Sophie Healy-Thow, Ciara Judge and Emer Hickey have been chosen Cork Persons of the Month. Their names now also go forward, with the other Persons of Month chosen this year, for possible selection as Cork Persons of the Year at a gala awards lunch on January 16th next. The Kinsale Community School pupils won this year’s BT Young Scientist, EU Young Scientist and the top prize at

Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk 2015 launched

THE fourth Kinsale Pink Ribbon 10km Walk will take place on Sunday 1st March 2015 at 12 noon. Therese Bradley, Kinsale Committee PRO said, “To date Kinsale has raised over €290,000. A wonderful achievement. It is all about communities, friends, families and individuals walking together in solidarity and remembrance… walking for a future without Breast Cancer.”

Recipe for success as Kinsale set to star on “Small Screen” in Canada

IMAGES of Kinsale and Cork will be beamed into the homes of some 1.5 million Canadians in 2015. A TV crew is filming in Ireland right now for a popular cooking show called Gourmet Escapes, which airs on the Travel + Escape network in Canada. Hosted by celebrity Canadian chef Gerardo D’amore, the premise of Gourmet Escapes is simple – the chef travels to an interesting destination, where he is